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Ecology of Insects: Concepts and Applications Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1405131148 ISBN-10: 1405131144 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (August 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405131144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405131148
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?This volume is a clearly written, contemporary, and scholarly treatment of the ecology of insects, which can serve as both a classroom textbook or general reference.?( The Quarterly Review of Biology , September 2009)

"Eminently readable, this volume undoubtedly will be used as a course resource in many classrooms. It will prove to be invaluable reference for a wide variety of entomologists and ecologists, and should be in all libraries with significant biological holdings." (CHOICE, January 2009)

"This book provides a valuable and modern overview of insect ecology with a successful combination of theoretical principles with applied aspects taking population ecology as a leading these ? .The readers will find an extensive body of information and stimulating considerations of insect ecology." (Entomologia Generalis, February 2008)

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Insects account for a very large proportion of all terrestrial and freshwater species, pervading almost all ecosystems; functioning as carnivores, herbivores and detritivores. Their ecology is of crucial importance to ecosystem function and they are economically important to humanity as pests of crops, vectors of disease, beneficial components of food webs, and vital components of pollination systems. The second edition of this successful text provides a balanced treatment of the theory and practice of pure and applied insect ecology.

Fully revised and updated throughout, Ecology of Insects has expanded its coverage to include new and topical areas of insect ecology while presenting a thorough treatment of basic themes. Concepts include the foundations of evolutionary ecology and population dynamics in ecosystem science as they are applied to topics such as climate change, conservation and biodiversity, epidemiology, and pest management. Appropriate for general readers, professionals, and students of varying levels, this new edition also provides greater coverage of physiological, genetic, molecular, and ecosystem aspects of insect ecology, using exclusive reference to primary literature and real world examples.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kara on December 14, 2012
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This book was required for my Insect Ecology Course. I read the first 9 chapters and quite enjoyed it. It is well-written and very informative. The only reason I knocked a star off is because....Ecology. It seemed most of the chapters would spend all their time talking about various theories and ending each subsection with "but that theory doesn't stand up because x". So basically if you want to learn about a lot of random and wrong theories, go for it. I've just decided not to waste any time trying to remember the theories I read about as none of them will stand up to tests in the real world. I just don't get ecologists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Price on September 17, 2011
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The reading is really informative yet simple and easy to understand. I wish I had a hard cover because it is a very thick book and the cover is easily beat up.
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By Shayla M Salzman on January 14, 2014
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Kinda dry reading, but super informative. I kept it after the class was over, it feels like that level of info.
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I bought this book as an student in an ecology class, specific to entomology. The content is phenomenal, this was my second ecology text book and this was an easier read than the previous book. It has plenty of examples graphs and charts to explain concepts. However, these are all not in color and the color palettes in the center really have no value to the book.

The 4 star rating is because it isn't very student friendly. There is no glossary for key terms (or bolded key terms) like standard text books. This was very frustrating when writing essays, look from section to section for definitions I could reference. Also, the book has a very simplistic organizational scheme that late at night can lull you to sleep due to the inability its repetitive cycle (other texts will have anecdotes or interesting tidbits of information that break the tedium).

Although this book is a soft cover, but I found the binding and quality to be excellent. No issues with wear and tear or spine breakage.
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